Phil R. Anderson

Ocean Lover: Favorite family memories include adventures to beaches around the world. “Our family would haul this ginormous mesh bag of snorkel gear everywhere we went,” Anderson says. Today, the ocean serves as both a refuge from the stress of daily life and a bridge to childhood memories.

Traveler: While born in Northern California, Anderson moved to Tehran, Iran with his family in first grade and visited 48 countries before the age of 12. The family moved back to Northern California prior to the Iranian Revolution, but the experience instilled a sense of wanderlust. Anderson’s favorite destinations today combine the ocean and the exotic, with Sri Lanka and Iceland topping a long list.

Competitor: Anderson has always enjoyed the mental and physical challenge of sports, competing in cycling, running and CrossFit. “I’m always looking for a new way to be competitive and push myself physically,” he says. “Now that I’m 50, the challenge is real.”

Father/Son/Brother: Family is central to Anderson’s heart. His sons are close to their maternal grandparents, who operate a ranch in Tumalo, and their paternal grandparents, who live in Seattle. Anderson remains close to his brothers, Scott and Brian.

Child Advocate: Anderson has served on the board of directors of Growing Tree Children’s Center and Central Oregon Court Appointed Special Advocates. He was appointed by former governor Ted Kulongoski to the Oregon Child Care Commission. “I made a promise to myself as a child that when I grew up I would not let kids be mistreated,” He says. “To this day, I remember that promise.”

Attorney: Anderson received his law degree from the University of Oregon after studying economics and English literature at UC Berkeley. After law school, he clerked for the United States District Court in Eugene before moving to Bend. He practiced in the litigation division of regional firm Karnopp Petersen, LLP before joining a smaller firm and eventually developing his own private practice. As a sole practitioner, Anderson has litigated cases in federal and state trial courts and on appeal in both the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Oregon Court of Appeals. He has closed hundreds of business transactions, from $5,000.00 deals to $5,000,000.00 deals, and has helped hundreds of injured Oregonians obtain fair compensation for physical injury, workplace discrimination, and other claims.

Phil Anderson defies singular definition

attorney, family man, traveler, child advocate. “Growing up, my brothers and I would play outside all day, building obstacle courses, making up games, collecting sticks,” Anderson says. He picked Bend 20 years ago as a place to raise his sons (Max, 21 and Charlie, 17) but has stayed for the elixir of mountains, activities and community that is Central Oregon.